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Why bad books like the bell curve can stay alive forever

If people are protesting a work and preventing the author of that work from speaking at a particular platform, then there must be something true in that piece of work

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Mihir S Sharma
Here’s a question for academics: Would you like to write a book that is reviewed everywhere, introduces a technical term into popular culture, and is still remembered passionately more than two decades after it comes out? The answer, I suppose, would be “yes”. But this is one of those occasions when, if a genie granted you these three wishes, you had better be on your guard. For all those things are true of The Bell Curve, written in 1994 by two academics and still a subject of heated discussion today.
 
In September 1994, America was a divided country, perhaps
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First Published: Mar 29 2018 | 5:56 AM IST

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